I find it like opening a present. You get a feeling of excitement and anticipation as you open a data set for the first time. Today we are going to spend time reviewing data that has been extracted from one of the applications that you inventoried as outlined in yesterday’s process, Identifying Data Sources. If this experience of opening a data set for the first time is new to you, don’t worry because we are going to work through this process together using the following steps:
Take in the view. Look at the columns and rows and get a feel for the construction of the file. Look at the very bottom of the screen. There should be a tab with the name of the data sheet that is currently open. Is there more than one tab? If so, a colleague must have programmed an extract with several tabs or organized the data into tabs after extraction. Take a moment to click through those tabs and see what information is contained on each.
Blog #5’s question: Have you set aside time to review each data file and take in its “artistic” qualities?
Blog #6 Sneak Peak: Data completeness.